My mother is always pointing out the differences in raising children now versus when she was raising us. First there was the breast feeding thing. When I was born apparently it wasn't the "in" thing to breast feed. The popular train of thought was that formula was much better for your baby so you only breast fed if you couldn't afford formula. (At least that's what she likes to tell me when I yell at her for not even attempting to breast feed me). Another example would be that they gave their babies solid food from a very early age. I believe my mother was giving my brother rice cereal at 10 days old. So she continuously laughs at me when I tell her I am waiting until The Girl is around 6 months old to give her solids.
Well The Girl is now 5 1/2 months old and as I plan on making her baby food I went out today and bought the ice cube trays, the blender thing I plan on using to puree her food, a steamer etc. I also bought a box of organic rice cereal. The Boy HATED rice cereal, but we have shown that he is a little wacky when it comes to food so perhaps this was just the start of his food life. So today when my mother was holding The Girl and she was chewing on her fist like it was going out of style I wasn't surprised when my mother told me she was acting like she hadn't eaten in a year. (She had finished nursing about an hour earlier, and you all have seen pictures, my child is NOT starving). So I decided to humor her and told her I would give The Girl a bit of rice cereal. She was close enough to six months and what harm can a little rice cereal bring? So I fired up the video camera and the regular camera, got some pumped breast milk and mixed it up.
It appears she feels about rice cereal like her brother did. She wasn't sure what that disgusting stuff was that I was putting in her mouth. She made the most hysterical faces. And this is a girl who ALWAYS smiles. And there was no getting her to smile for either of the cameras. She didn't cry or fuss, but she also didn't seem to love it. And then about 10 minutes later as my mother was holding her she hiccuped and then barfed up everything she had just eaten. I found the entire situation hysterical. Behold my daughter and her first experience with rice cereal.
Perhaps we should try something else first? Or do I stick with the rice cereal? Maybe a nice little applesauce? Perhaps some sweet potatoes? Or even some oatmeal (that's what The Boy preferred). Tell me internet...why is it that we have to start out with rice cereal?